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BIOGO is a collaborative European project that intends to create a fully integrated and comprehensive process for the production of biofuels using novel heterogeneous nanocatalysts and sustainable resources. This process will be integrated with the enabling functions of innovative micro-reactor technology developed in the project.

C-Tech Innovation is responsible for the exploitation and dissemination portions of the project, while also applying our expertise in thin film coatings to the development of zeolite coatings for the methanol to hydrocarbon conversion process.

Key aims

  • Design, develop and prepare highly advanced nanoscale catalysts at an industrially relevant scale for the conversion of bio resources to liquid fuels.
  • Develop and demonstrate a process that converts renewable bio-oils and bio-gas to synthesis gas for subsequent catalytic transformation into biofuels and chemical platform products.
  • Reduce the dependence on rare earth oxides and precious metals for the catalyst formulations applied throughout the BIOGO project.
Calcination on the microreactor

Calcination of a microreactor

BIOGO will exploit the special properties of nanocatalysts to improve process efficiency through intensification and thereby target some of the challenges facing Europe’s petrochemical industry today.

Trials are underway with alumina-coated stainless steel micro-reactors.  The coatings are very thin, at approximately 100 nm. The coatings on these micro-reactors are being optimised for each step of biofuel production.

The temperature and duration of calcination is being optimised for coatings on the BIOGO microreactors. Catalysts being developed include nanocatalysts with magnetic cores to assist in their recovery.


Project Partners

  • Fraunhofer ICT-IMM
  • MIBA website
  • Total website
  • Spike Renewables website
  • Micro-Innova website
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • University of Warwick website
  • Brunel University website
  • Tver State Technical University
  • Queen's University Belfast website
  • INEOS website
  • Ruhr Universität Bochum website
  • Boreskov Institute of Catalysis website
  • Tyndall National Institute
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Co-funded by the European Union under the Framework 7 Programme.

Dr Hannah Newton

Dr Hannah Newton

Project Manager

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